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Ringwood & Fordingbridge Footpath Society

  Crantock Bay Walking Holiday 4th -9th March 2007
          organised and led by Ruth our Chairman

This year, for the second year running, our annual walking holiday was based at the excellent Crantock
Bay Hotel, near Newquay. The Hotel is situated right above the beach and all of the front rooms enjoy a marvellous panoramic view of the whole of the bay as can be seen from the photos below. View of Cr

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View of Crantock Bay taken through bedroom window
Photo submitted by David M 

     This photo of Crantock Bay was taken from the hotel.      Photo submitted by Mary B   

Having travelled to Crantock Bay through stormy weather we arrived to find clearing skies and were able to walk on Pentire and Penhale Points.
On Monday the 5th we explored The Lizard. We chose this day to do so because the weather forecast suggested this would be the best weather of the holiday. It was not. We started at Lizard Point, looked at the Lighthouse and stormy seas and walked eastwards past the Wireless and Lifeboat Stations reaching Cadgwith in time for lunch.After enjoying pasties we set off across the peninsula heading for Kynance Cove. The rain soon started and by the time we reached the cliffs near the cove it was blowing into our faces and the wind was so strong we abandoned the idea of descending to the shore and headed back to the hotel.

The Walking Group at the Lizard.
Photo submitted by DK 

         Lizard Point.
         Photo submitted by DK 

   

The Lifeboat Station at Church Cove
Photo submitted by DK 

 

         The Lifeboat Station at Church Cove
         Photo submitted by David M

Church Cove
Photo submitted by DK 

        Church Cove
        Photo submitted by DK 

 

Cadgwith main street.
Photo submitted by DK 

 

         Cadgwith main street
         Photo submitted by DK

On Tuesday 6th we went  to Godrevy not far from Hayle and walked northwards. We saw over 30 seals. Many on the beach and some swimming around. We were also pleased to see a lot of fulmar birds on the cliffs. Some walkers were so impressed with the views of the seals they went back for a second look the next day.
   

Setting off towards Godrevy Point
Photo submitted by DK  

         "The Stones" light, Godrevy Point.
         Photo submitted by DK    

Seals on the beach at Godrevy Point.
Photo submitted by DK   

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        We have been spotted! -time to go.
        Photo submitted by DK   

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Lunch at Godrevy.
Photo submitted by David M.


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         A short stop on the coastal path.
       
  Photo submitted by Mary B 

Wednesday 7th we visited The Roseland Peninsula and explored St Anthonys Head. We saw more seals and had superb views towards Falmouth and St.Mawes. After a 6 mile walk some of us visited the church at St Just in Roseland and  admired the views and the grounds which were very pretty. We then took  the King Harry Ferry and went to visit Trellisick National Trust Garden and return to our hotel via Truro.

St Anthony's Head.
Photo submitted by Mary B. 
  

         Roseland Peninsula looking up the Fal Estuary.
         St Mawes can be seen on the right.          

         Photo submitted by Mary B  


Leaving the foreshore (St Anthony's peninsula)
Photo submitted by Mary B

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         St Just in Roseland
         Photo submitted by Roger B 

Dinner each night was a most enjoyable and sociable occasion as can be seen from the following photographs taken by Mary and Roger

       

       

     

   
On Thursday 8th it was off to Padstow. Some of us did a long walk southwards along the coast getting good views all the way along our route . We returned back on an inland route. Some walkers turned back early giving them more time to enloy the delights of Padstow.

A brief stop in the Padstow estuary
Photo by DK 

         By now, the group hade become rather drawn out!
         Photo by DK  

Padstow estuary - looking across at Polzeath.
Photo by DK

          Looking back up the estuary towards Padstow                         Photo by DK 

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A brief stop to admire the breathtaking views.
Photo by David M

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         Lunchtime!                                                                            Photo by David M 

For all of those walkers over sixty, entrance to the Eden Project (near St Austell) was free. Many members of the party took advantage of this offer and visited the project. Here are some of the photographs that were taken by Mary B.

      

To view more of Mary's photos from the Eden Project please click on each of the following underlined numbers

| 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 |

On Friday 9th we were homeward bound but many of us stopped for another very scenic circular coastal walk starting at Constantine Bay and going via Trevose Head.
 

Car park at Constantine Bay
Photo by DK 

 

       The group on the beach at Constantine
        Photo by DK 

Walking towards Trevose Head light.
Photo by DK 

       Three of the group on Trevose Head.
        Photo by DK

Leaving Trevose Head and heading back to Constantine
Photo by DK   

       Trevose Lifeboat Station
        Photo by DK  

Last but not least,a wonderful view of the surf and coastline looking towards Padstow Bay,
Photo by DK 


 

The holiday was a great success. There were 43 participants. The hotel swimming pool and jacussi were very popular and the food superb so although we walked each day, we didn't lose much weight.

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